Singles Career Coaching, LLC
Questions & Answers
Q. What is Singles Career Coaching and how is it different from ordinary job placement assistance, career guidance or head hunting?
A. Singles Career Coaching focuses exclusively on unmarried individuals who desire to make the most out of their personal lives and at the same time advance or enhance their careers. It involves coaching in various life domains as well as career guidance.
Q. What specific obstacles or challenges do singles face in today’s job market?
A. Single adults do not have an intimate partner to lean on to provide support, encouragement and/or financial stability to help them through transitions, down economies or turbulent times. Financially, emotionally and socially, singles are responsible for their own success and well-being. Moreover, singles are often called upon to pick up the slack at work, to work erratic hours, to take on additional tasks or to be more flexible and available than their married counterparts. In circumstances where co-workers and friends have families, singles often find it difficult to network, socialize and share common interests. The frequently face isolation, loneliness and even discrimination.
Q. How can singles cope with these challenges?
A. Some key ways to deal with the challenges of the single lifestyle are:
- To develop a strong support network;
- To get involved in professional, community and philanthropic endeavors;
- To commit to sound financial planning;
- To keep job skills sharp;
- To maintain health and healthy balance in life.
Q. What tools best prepare singles for career advancement or career change?
A. Education is the single most important tool that can help singles advance or enhance their careers. Second is structured plan with specific benchmarks for achieving career and life goals. Third is motivation and encouragement at every step along the way. Singles Career Coaching offers help and guidance in all three areas.
Q. From an employer’s perspective, what advantages do singles have over people who are married or in a family situation?
A. Unencumbered with family responsibilities, singles may be more willing to take risks, to accept new responsibilities and to embrace challenges. They may also be more willing to travel or relocate. Singles are often very good at taking a long-term, big-picture approach to issues, projects or initiatives.
Q. Do employers and colleagues tend to discriminate against singles?
A. Most employers do not deliberately discriminate against singles; however, in many circumstances there is an underlying bias that works against the interests of single individuals. This can be seen in the tax code, in employee benefit allowances, and in company policies with respect to family leave. Singles may be called upon to work extra shifts and be available evenings or weekends so that married colleagues can attend to family matters. They may be socially ostracized.
Q. What are singles generally looking for in career and in life today?
A. Many singles are looking for fulfillment, challenge and prestige in their careers. They often desire to effect meaningful change, to use their talents to make a difference. Singles tend to see the big picture and be aware of the needs around them. They often embrace challenge and seek to connect to others and the world around them. For today’s singles, working is not just about having a job or about the money or the security. This demographic looks to live a rich, full life and to make a positive difference in the world or in their community, industry or company.
Q. How does an individual benefit from Singles Career Coaching?
A. Singles Career Coaching helps singles to establish career goals and identify the steps to achieve those goals. Professional guidance and mentoring boosts self-esteem and provides personal encouragement, information and accountability in moving along the career path. In addition, life coaching adds value in various life domains – health, habits, grooming, demeanor, personal presentation, business etiquette, attire. All of these are crucial in advancing one’s career or transitioning to a different career field.
Q. What seminars or courses are available to help singles change or advance their careers and/or lifestyles?
A. Singles Career Coaching offers these seminars and e-courses: The Superwoman Syndrome; Life Skills for Singles; Leadership Skills for Singles;
Singles in Sales; Singles in Management (coming soon); The Assertive Single (coming soon); and Emotional Wellness for Singles (coming soon).
Q. What sort of assessments can help a single prepare for career advancement or career transition?
A. SCC offers these assessment tools: Top 10 Ways to Exude Self-Confidence; 14 Most Important Things Singles in Sales Should Know About Their Product/Service; Are you “The Perfectionist”?; Money Self-Sabotage; Life Skills; Self-Sabotage; Debt Trouble; Superwoman; The Aging Parent; The Stress Test.
Q. What kind of person seeks out a personal career coach?
A. Most Singles Career Coaching clients are women, but men also benefit from the services offered. Typically, clients are either in their early 20s looking to launch a career or fast-track their career; or they are in their 40s, 50s or early retirement years and they desire to transition to an entirely different career field. A common trait among Singles Career Coaching clients is that they have a vision they want to fulfill. Usually they want to achieve personal job satisfaction and also make an impact on the environment, on people or on the world. Commonly, to achieve their goals, they need: education, a structured plan, support and encouragement.